Divided Families Day of Action - *** IMPORTANT ***
One year anniversary of the new Family Migration rules
On the one year anniversary of the new family migration rules, let's show the Government what we think of measures which separate couples, keep children from their parents and break apart families!
4pm - Home Office, 2 Marsham Street, London SW1P 4DF
Afternoon demonstration outside the Home Office with speakers and street performers - bring a banner!!
6pm - Parliament, Committee room 10, London SW1A 0AA
Evening meeting in Parliament chaired by Baroness Ruth Lister bringing together campaigners, supporters and parliamentarians to hear about the impacts of the new rules. The meeting will welcome valuable supporters including Maggie Atkinson, the Children's Commissioner for England, and will be a chance for families to share their stories and build the campaign for a change in the rules.
BE THERE!!! A flyer you can use is here :
An Eventbrite event has been set up - please do sign up :
And lobby your MP to be there as well! (If you do not know your MP, contact details and email address can be found here : http://www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-offices/ )
A sample letter for your MP is below - please do modify according to your circumstances :
As your constituent, I am writing on behalf of the ‘Divided Families Campaign’, a UK-wide campaign for highlighting the impact of the new rules on family migration. I would like to invite you to a meeting in Committee Room 10 of the House of Commons on Tuesday 9th July from 18:00 to 19:30.
I have been separated from my spouse as a result of the income threshold introduced in the new rules, which aims to make it more difficult to sponsor spouses and partners, or elderly dependents, to come to the UK from outside the European Economic Area (EEA). I believe these changes are unfair and I would like for you to attend this meeting to hear how it has impacted me and other like me from around the UK.
The meeting will be chaired by Baroness Ruth Lister. It will bring together campaigners, supporters and parliamentarians to hear about the impacts of the new rules. The meeting will welcome valuable public servants including Maggie Atkinson, the Children's Commissioner for England, and will be a chance for families to share their stories.
The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Migration recently launched a report into the impact of the rules, a copy of which I am pleased to attach. I would be very grateful on your thoughts on the findings of this report.
If you cannot come to the meeting, I would also ask that you write to the Home Secretary, and to the Immigration Minister, Mark Harper MP, asking for an explanation of why policy has not changed as a result of the APPG on Migration’s report published on 10 June this year.
Thank you very much for your time and I earnestly await your reply.